The discombobulated Banks family needs help. More disconnected than dysfunctional, everyone is in his own world. The patriarch, Mr. Banks, is more concerned about work than home. Mrs. Banks, wrapped up in her battle for the Women's vote, is as oblivious as her husband on the domestic front. And the irrepressible Banks children, Jane and Michael, have a knack for running nannies out of town.
Into their lives floats Mary Poppins, a nanny whose magical, whimsical ways will bring this discordant household together. The children learn the magic and the freedom of play. The parents overcome the errors of their ways; they learn to connect with their children and everyone becomes a family again.
Julie Andrews, in her Oscar-winning performance, is the stern, but loving and unflappable Mary Poppins. Dick Van Dyke is the affable, energetic Bert, the chimney sweep. And the impressive effects are pre-CGI. From the acrobatic choreography of "Step in Time," to the comforting lullaby, "Chim Chim Chir-ee"--as well as the biggest word you ever heard--Mary Poppins is a toe-tapping delight.
Long Beach Cinematheque and Friends of Bixby Park have come together to present the Disney classic, Mary Poppins, on Sunday, August 18. It is a part of their "Picnic with a Purpose" celebration at Bixby Park that includes a live DJ and a variety of food trucks. The party begins at 4:30 PM and the free outdoor screening of the movie will be at 8 PM. For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.
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